Jeremy Unruh serves as the PharmaCann director of regulatory and external affairs. He brings a
fifteen-year track record as a government prosecutor and big firm lawyer to the nascent medical
Mr. Unruh is responsible for external matters, including lobbying, legislative policy, and public
affairs; media relationships; interface with state and local regulators; and developing investor and
banking relationships. He manages lobbyists in seven statehouses and Washington, D.C., and is
at the tip of the spear as PharmaCann works to develop licensed facilities in Maryland,
Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
He was PharmaCann’s first general counsel and chief compliance officer, helping to manage the
buildout, security, and warehousing functions of the three existing PharmaCann cultivation
centers and eight operational dispensaries:
– Developed two 70,000 ft.2 cultivation centers and four dispensaries in Illinois and a
130,000 ft.2 manufacturing center and four dispensaries in New York. Responsible for
commissioning and obtaining state operational approval of these eleven facilities.
– Managed interaction between the company and the regulatory agencies of New York,
Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and Massachusetts relating to the licensed
cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis.
– Responsible for developing legal and regulatory compliance systems for all eleven
operational facilities with more than 220 employees.
Beginning his career as a prosecutor, Mr. Unruh distinguished himself as a solid courtroom
advocate with a highly developed common-sense approach to the justice system respected by his
colleagues, judges, and defense lawyers alike.
Mr. Unruh went into private practice for a firm that would reach the American Lawyer Top 100
during his tenure. Joining the firm’s Chicago office in 2006, Mr. Unruh helped grow the
Chicago presence from a handful of lawyers to a powerhouse office of more than 100 lawyers
when he left to join the medical cannabis industry. Mr. Unruh’s practice focused on commercial
litigation, internal compliance investigations in the financial services and healthcare sectors, and
product liability defense. Mr. Unruh was the lead trial attorney on the national product liability
trial team for a Fortune 100 industrial company for many years.
Jeremy has a B.S. from Kansas State University. He earned a Juris Doctor from Washburn
University School of Law where he was an inaugural recipient of the Environmental Law
certificate. While serving as an assistant state’s attorney in Chicago, Jeremy attended DePaul
University Kellstadt School of Business Management at night and earned his M.B.A. Jeremy
lives in Winnetka, Illinois with his wife and three children.